U2-#8: Reflection, Harlem S.

In class, I watching Frontline's "Growing up Online."

  • The show was about social media and it's affect on the people who use it.
  • The most memorable part of the film was when a boy named Ryan committed suicide after being convinced to do it by an online friend.
  • It's very important to watch shows like these in order to understand what to watch out for online.
  • To keep my family safe online, I'll think before I post and help my brothers with it, too.
  • It's important to teach your loved ones about family safety so they don't make the same mistakes as the people in the film.
  • My advice: Let your kids know that you're always there for them and you can help them get through any situation, even online.
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U2 #8 Eli Zimmerman

1. In class we watched a frontline documentary on internet safety for children who are growing up with the internet. 
2. The most memorable thing to know is that the feeling have changed a lot when it comes to internet safety and the general over view of the internet.
3. It is not important to watch shows like these because the show has a bias towards all internet being a bad unhealthy resource. Also it focuses on all children being unsafe online.
4. To keep my family safe I will give them a talk about the dangers of internet when they are starting to use it.
5. It is important to talk to your family about internet safety because children need to know the possible dangers of tethering in to online life.
6. I would tell parents to trust their kids when it comes to online usage, but you should only give them one chance when it comes to internet safety. 
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Internet Safety-Conley

In class we watched a show called Frontline.

1. The show went in depth about the effects of new technology and social media with a newer generation.

2. In the show I recall, and found interesting, how army recruiters used video games as inspiration to join the military.

3. It may be important to watch these kinds of shows, to put your own self in perspective.

4. I honestly would let them learn for themselves and briefly talk about dangerous stuff.

5. It is important to talk about internet safety with your family because it can also keep them physically safe.

6. Trust them, but make sure they are generally being safe, just talk to them about it.


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E1U3: Returno de la Bomba (Alan, Sean, Lilly)

In this exciting sequel to La Policia Mexicana, we see cops Rafael and Lopez take on their most evil and cunning enemy, Miguela!
Now finally caught, Miguela must a new and  terrifying judge! After discovering a new witness, will Miguela finally be brought to justice? or will that cunning crook escape once more? Find out in the next episode of Policia Mexicana!

E1U3: Mi Amor (Alyssa, Lily, Messele, Eli)

In this episode of Mi Amor, Brock and Mateo, a married couple, have gone to see Señorita Rosalina Rivera, a therapist. Before, Brock and Mateo were happy and in love, or so it seemed. Secrets come out and lies are uncovered. Who had secrets, you ask? Who lied? Find out in this episode of the new hit telenovela, Mi Amor.

Starring:
Alyssa Eastwood, Lily Rivera, Messele Asfaw, and Eli Zimmerman.

Bend It Like Beckham Review

Bend It Like Beckham is a 2003 film starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightly.  Jess Bahmra, played by Nagra, lives with her traditional Indian family who expects her to soon get married and settle down.  However Jess is much more interested in soccer, playing whenever she gets a chance.  After Jules Paxton, Knightly, observes Jess playing soccer in the park, Jules invites Jess to a team practice. Jess devotes more time to soccer joining the team Jules plays for, all the while developing a friendship with Jules.  Jess's parents oppose the idea of her future involving soccer and attempt to intervene when they see how dedicated she is becoming.  Yet Jess finds ways around the restrictions her parents enforce.  The movie follows Jess's conflicts between family tradition, her dreams of playing soccer and developing relationships.  This movie passes the Bechdel Test for multiple reasons.  Primarily the story focuses on a female with a goal that does not involve a man.  Besides the two leading actresses there are various established female characters which engage with one another on matters other than men.  The film in whole circulates around the female in sports and includes the topic of a woman's expected role in society.  Bend  Like Beckham is an enjoyable film with an engaging story line which is entirely inclusive to females.  This movie ceases from being old. 

Bend It Like Beckham meets the standards of my own anti-gender bias film test as well.  

My standards being:

  • At least one primary and secondary female character included
  • Proper introduction and development of female characters
  • Female characters have goals that do not solely circulate around men 
There are many women figures in this movie that have prominent roles with character.  The females personalities are not cliche and develop throughout the movie.  Though there is a love triangle which creates conflict with the two main females, Jess has a prime goal of playing soccer from the beginning of the movie which consumes most of the story line. 

This Feeling

I can’t remember.

It sounds like an excuse, but it’s always been a serious problem for me. What I can’t remember, I can’t write, talk about, or do. The vivid details that many people love to write about are missing from my mind, which makes it difficult to write anything well.

I can’t picture things in my mind. I don’t remember what a face looked like the second I turn away from it, I don’t remember what a voice sounds like the second I stop listening, I don’t remember what a sensation feels like the second I stop feeling.


I can’t remember my sister’s words and actions and feelings when she was accepted into SLA. I can remember that she did. I can remember that she was excited. But that hardly makes for a good story to say: “She got into SLA. She was excited.”


I can’t remember what it felt like to blow past a deadline last year, or the year before, but at least I can imagine the feeling of dread knowing you need to write, you can write, you have to write, you will write, you don’t write. This feeling is constant.


It’s amazing how literal things can be sometimes. Before I came to SLA, I thought being “under pressure” was just a figure of speech. But since then, I’ve come to be familiar with the vise around the temples that is missed expectations. The pain of not knowing is a splitting headache, one that lets up only when I allow myself to not care. This feeling is constant.


I consider myself to be good at making words line up with punctuation so that they sound nice. Sometimes those words even mean something.

I am not a good writer. I can’t conjure descriptions that instantly bring to mind the feelings my readers and I have in common because I don’t remember what those feelings were like. I can’t conjure descriptions of the canyon I hiked down in 9th grade because I don’t remember what the canyon looked like, what it felt like. I can’t conjure descriptions of what it felt like to be in the hospital thinking I might have to give up one of the only things I love because I don’t remember. I can’t conjure descriptions because I can’t remember.


It’s frustrating trying to remember and not being able to, not being able to write. Frustration is a hot feeling, an angry, bitter feeling, a feeling of disappointment, a feeling of entitlement. I need to remember in order to write, I think, and if I don’t I’ll fail. I should be able to remember, I think, so why can I not? I know the answer, of course, is that I don’t know, and that answer is as frustrating as the question.

I can remember frustration vividly because I am describing it to you, my reader, as it happens.


Some of my earliest memories involve the Atlantic Ocean, swimming in it and laying on its beach in the sun. I remember these things happening. I am sure the water was salty and the sun was hot, these are facts. The sand was gritty, and the jellyfish stung, these are facts. But feelings: how the water tasted, how the sun and sand and felt, how the view looked from the crest of a wave, are missing. I can’t write about those memories, despite cherishing them, despite them being part of the core of my identity, because I know nothing about them that isn’t common knowledge.


I’m talking to my parents. It’s 2014, and I have an english benchmark still to start that was due several days ago. We’re angry at each other because we each feel like the others aren’t listening. They ask why I haven’t started my benchmark. I say I don’t know.

I can’t remember.


It hurts, sometimes. I don’t, or maybe can’t, deal with it very well. The pressure builds, and as it does the familiar feeling of pressure on my head builds with it. I want to do anything else but think, even as I know I need to think, even as I know I need to write, even as I know I need to remember. But I can’t, or maybe don’t, remember.

I switch tabs, and find a comfortable spot, and read about how Joel Embiid is going to save the Sixers, how Chip Kelly ruined Christmas, and how LSV thinks Jace is a format staple. Because being elsewhere is safe. Not thinking doesn’t hurt.

But I can’t not think. Not thinking is dangerous. Not thinking gets me weeks behind with no way to catch up, desperately hoping that next time I think and do my work, so I don’t end up in the same situation, feeling lost and alone and desperate and failure.

The feeling is constant.

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Feminist Film Review by Kai Burton

Remember the Titans


The film that I’m reviewing is Remember the Titans, growing up it was one of my favorite movies, and I am happy to notice that it passes both the Bechdel and the Mako Mori test. Remember the Titans is about a white Virginia high school football team that has to integrate with a black high school that was recently closed. When the two football teams merge not only do the players need to learn to work together but the coaches too. Both coaches have two younger daughters, the white coach has a daughter named Sheryl and the black coach has a daughter named Carol. Both young women interact and chat about football and toys. While both young women aren’t really women it passes both test in my head, because neither test specifies age. The movie is an amazing representation of friendship, camaraderie and teamwork through all the perspectives that are evident in the movie.

What’s even better is that Remember the Titans also passes my test, which requires a movie to have at least two female characters with a prominent role in the film, each with their own story arc. They must conversate about something other than men and should not seem to be “in competition” with each other and at least one of the women must be a woman of color. Essentially my test is the same as the Bechdel and Mako Mori test, but with an added requirement about race.


Internet Safety - Amelia Benamara

What TV show did you watch in class?
These past Tech classes we spent the majority of the time watching "Growing Up Online" which is a program. 

What was this show about?
The show is mainly about how kids in this generation take the network out of proportion. Teenagers in this series make mistakes online and come to talk about it. Parents share their feelings about their children and what should be happening instead. 

What is the most memorable thing to you about this show?
The most memorable scene was when Evan Skinner's son took a trip to New York with many other students and made really bad decisions such as drinking and recording everything. Evan Skinner's ends up finding out and did what she thought was best. She sent an email to all of the other kids' parents informing them about the event that took place.

Why/Why not -  is it important to watch shows like these?
It is important to watch shows like this because it is just like the news, but it's more for a certain group of people. Parents need to stay updated and get advice on what to do to improve their kid's lives. Perhaps make some changes within the house holds regarding the internet. 

How will you keep your future family safe online?
In the future, the problem with teenagers will probably get worse because of the more advanced technology, and a way I can keep my family safe would include having a strict policy with using the technology a certain way and on a certain time. Household rules are always the key! Also, I would talk to them and ask them about any problems and what is going in their lives right now, just to keep track and connect with my children. 

Why is it important to talk with your family about internet safety? 
It is important because without talking to everyone in the household, especially children, you will not get them to tell you any challenges or problems they are facing, which means you also will not be able to find any solutions and help them with a situation. Then, they will look for ways to "solve" their problems online and get stuck. 

What advice would you give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online?
    They should start talking to them about their daily life and what is going on in it. The more you are informed the more time they will spend to make things better and help their children before somethings ends up going wrong. 
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    Growing Up Online Reflection, DeRock

    The TV show was called growing up online by front line, and it aired on PBS. The TV show talked about how the internet has affected lives in both a negative and positive way. The most memorable thing about this show is the girl is who changed her real life persona online because she didn't feel as though she fit in. It's important to watch shows like growing up online because it can help you solve problems that you are having with your child, if you are a parent. If you are young it still is important because you can learn from the teenagers mistakes and not make the same. The children may not like it, but if I was their parents I would put on a lot of restrictions on the internet, and teach them while they are young. Parents have more experience in life, and because of that they can make smarter decision when it comes to what to do online. If I was to give a parent advice I would say that they need to put restrictions on internet usage, and yes I know it will cause some conflicts between the parent and children, but you have to keep your children safe. 
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    U2 #8 Media Reflection Ariana Flores

    In class we watched Frontline's Digital Nation. It consisted of a variety of stories  about teenagers online. There was a teen with an eating disorder, teen with a secret identity, and another who was a victim of cyber bullying. It talked about parents wanting to know that their kids were safe online, and those who couldn't get through to their teenagers because they were staring at a screen almost 24/7. The most memorable part of the film was the child that hung himself because he was getting cyber bullied. I was so mad that the other kid was encouraging the child to commit suicide and felt that maybe if he wasn’t being manipulated or talked to like that, there may have been a chance that he could still be alive. It’s important to watch these shows because they bring awareness to the actions, repercussions/consequences, and lives of teens online. I will keep my family family safe online by speaking to my kids about online trolls or strangers. I would not want them to talk to anyone online that they don’t know. I’d at least ask that we follow each other on social media so that I know what’s being posted. I would also make sure that they don’t go on any strange sites or post anything controversial as well as anything about their private lives. It’s important to know internet safety in our families so that bad situations don’t arise and the unknown of the internet  doesn’t  start to confuse us. I would tell parents to make sure that their children don’t talk to strangers online or go on strange sites. I would also say that what a child is posting should be monitored, but not so much that a parent is smothering their child.


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    Feminist Film Review & David Bowie Tribute (R.I.P., Sweet Prince)

    A review


    Labyrinth, released in 1986, is an adventure fantasy film detailing the story of a 15 year old girl, Sarah, rescuing her baby brother, Toby, from the clutches of Jareth the Goblin King. The movie is weird and occasionally cringe-worthy for such a star-studded film (including David Bowie, Jim Henson, George Lucas, Terry Jones, and drawing inspiration from Brian Froud), but it is widely beloved and has received cult popularity in many cultural circles.

    The movie features a strong, independent female lead that develops and has her own narrative arc. For these reasons, I think that Labyrinth passes the Mako Mori test. However, arguably, Sarah’s narrative arc is dependent on rescuing her baby brother, restricting the film from passing the third criterion of the Mako Mori test, but in my opinion, Toby is not effectively a character and does not have his own story arc, so this is a null point. Further, Labyrinth does not pass the Bechdel Test, as Sarah has a conversation with only one unnamed female character (in the beginning of the movie, Sarah has a conversation with her unnamed stepmother).


    A new anti-gender bias film test


    1. At least one female/non-binary character who

    2. has their own narrative arc that

    3. develops based on at least one proactive, rather than reactive, decision.


    A review


    Unfortunately, for this review, one must have seen the film being reviewed relatively recently to remember plot points. I think that Labyrinth meets this test because Sarah decides on her own to follow Jareth and save her brother, as long as we’re assuming that Labyrinth passes the Mako Mori test.


    Feminist Film Review

    Icarly: IFight Shelby Marx is a film that passes the Bechdel Test.


    • There are 3 strong women with names, and their names are Carly, Sam, and Shelby Marx.

    • They are talking about an MMA match, not a romantic interest. The match is the main plot.

    • Has absolutely nothing to do with romance or intimate relationships between a man and woman.


    Icarly: IQuit ICarly passes the Mako Mori Test


    • The women have their own narrative, and their own issues that have nothing to do with relationships.

    • They don’t support another man’s story. There are boys that are comedians, they rival with each other, and then Carly and Sam become rivals after talking to the comedians. They had their own narratives. If anything, the boys were supporting THEIR story.


    My Test: The Women Empowerment Test. This must not only portray women in a non-degrading way, but must also give women positive messages.


    Film: Madea’s Family Reunion. It lets women know that domestic abuse is wrong, and that they should not tolerate that. It lets women know that they should never tolerate abuse from a man. It also gives positive messages about what true love really is.



    Trailers

    IQuitICarly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCDNAg5DS3s

    IFight Shelby Marx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIESdhfbgiw

    Madea’s Family Reunion (clip): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N_6--RgdAQ


    Feminist Film Review:

    1.) I reviewed a movie called “Hancock” that was released July 2nd 2008. It’s about a raggedy superhero who protects the city of Los Angeles, but destroys everything around him when doing so. Once he saved the life of a public relations executive he starts to change as a person and he learns to have sympathy for others. When I tested the Mako Mori test and it passed! A woman by the name of Charlize Theron played a role in the movie and she becomes a main character. She is directly related to the main character, but has her own situation occurring throughout the movie

    When thinking of my own anti-gender bias film test I would want:

         2a.)  A film with mostly women and maybe a male or two

         2b.)  Main characters consist of black women/girls

         2c.) Have to have women who play independent roles

    The movie I reviewed doesn't meet my own anti- gender bias film test because it has mostly white characters and only one female. However, the woman playing in the movie does have somewhat of a lead which is important.

    Advanced Essay #3 "What Is Original?"

    Before writing this paper I had very specific goals that I wanted to achieve. My main focus was to open the eyes of readers and make them think about the world around them, more importantly the people around them. I wanted to explain how hard it is to be original in the 21st century due to trends and social media. No matter how the world changes there will never be such a thing as normal or original, but you can be different, which is not a bad thing. As I look back to what I have created I see myself in my writing. The topic does not define me but I am a outsider making her way in to the trend world on an appropriate level with differences.

    Society has slowly but surely constructed and destroyed feelings of identity and belonging over a long period of time. Recently, relying on society's opinions has become the only advice needed in order to craft an image, personality, and identity for oneself in order to be accepted by masses. Trends have played a big part in this problem. Trends have been spread through all types of social media available for all age groups. Trends of makeup happen and then we all look the same, trends of big lips happen and we all get botox, trends of a certain name brand occur and we all wear the same outfits, yet we call this original. This is not something we should strive to cut out completely due to trends being used for supporting advertisements of clothing and consumerist items. The change that we need to make as a whole is being able to find ourself instead of others finding us.

    Society has constructed the feeling of identity by saying “if you are this race” or “if you have these features” then this is how you are defined. Most people go with it. In This American Life: Status Update Ira Glass states “What they are waiting for is not just likes and comments, but a specific kind of comment. This is probably not gonna be news to any of you who have teenage girls in your lives but I bet lots of you do not know about this. They want comments from other girls. And they say the wording is pretty much always the same.” This is a prime example of how young girls create an image that is striving to be acceptable by other people. The rare few that do not listen to constructed trends of identity are seen as boring people and outsiders because they do not go with what other people say they are. Instead, they go by what they know and they know more about themselves than anybody else in the world. The people who go along with these types of trends are having their identity built for them and they show that they are okay with this because “everyone else” does it too. They feel as though they now belong. This shows that identity can only be created by trends and the thoughts of others.

    Society has destroyed feelings of identity and belonging for these very same reasons. “Class can be harder to spot than racial or ethnic differences, yet in many ways it's the most important predictor of what kind of financial and educational opportunities someone will have in life.” This quote from PBS: People Like Us is a great example of society's views. A summary of this larger insight is how today's world is filled with people who do not know who they are, they know who they want to be. If their image does not fit a higher class they change it to do so, not because ethnicity defines class because it does not, but to show they are wealthier in some categories in addition to money. These additional topics are mostly a part of beauty including body parts, actions, and thoughts. With these topics in the minds of viewers of society, this information is taken in and used so that others think of them positively. This shows that identity is based off of the money on your body and just your body.

    Most viewers of society are perceived as one person on social media but are perceived as another person in real life, personality and looks. It is quite easy to be somebody else over the internet. I do not mean this in a Catfish type of way but a I-am-uncomfortable-with-my-real-self way. For example, a teenage girl decides to exaggerate her good qualities by posting inappropriate pictures of her body for others to sexualize in order to get attention. This attention could be compliments that no child's parent should read. But it is trending, everyone is posting pictures of her butt and breast, so “why can’t I do it too?” they think. Which leads to another popular trend; name brands. I think back to a times when I was younger and had dress down days at school when I did not have to wear uniform. I would pick out a simple but cool outfit, then be on my way out the door. When I got to school everyone was wearing something completely different and satisfied with it. The kids today walk into others with the same pair of jordans and same hair cut as soon as they walk out of their house.

    Something has always been popular, from a new style of clothing to new music. But it has come to the point where people try to be original. Even though the “original” trends of today go around, nobody realizes that this happened in the 70’s or 80’s. This goes for music beats, lyrics and vintage clothing. Original became a trend. And if everyone is original, nobody is actually original because everyone is being just that. They are all the same. They copy off of others to create a person they want to be. They create a person others look to be. Copies are not original. If anything, people should learn to be inspired than to copy stitch by stitch.


    Feminist Movie Review

    1. The movie I watched was Love and Basketball. It’s a love story about a girl named Monica and a guy named Quincy who are trying to follow their dreams of playing pro basketball while also trying to keep their relationship together. When I tested the movie with the Bechdel test, it passed. The main character, Monica talked with her basketball rival and later friend, Syd. Both women had many conversations that did not include any mention of a man. Next, I tested the movie with the Mako Mori test and it passed. The main character, Monica, has her own story that runs throughout the whole movie with the other main character, Quincy. Both Monica and Quincy realize that they want to be with each other at the end of the movie, but her story is kind of independent and doesn’t always have him in it.

    2. For my anti-gender biased review, I would require it to

    • have at least have 2 women and men in it

    • the women should have a job

    • if possible, be a woman who isn’t white

    • the woman and man should be somewhat independent

    Film Review

    1) A movie that meets the Bechdel test is Mean Girls. Mean Girls is about a teenager known as Cady Heron. Cady was raised in Africa and was home-schooled, and once she finally moved to the suburbs her parents made the decision to let her go to public school for the first time. Cady experiences many different things which she never thought could happen. She soon becomes apart of the popular clique in her school known as the Mean Girls. The Mean Girls are the people that everyone hates, but wants to be their friends at the same time. In the movie, there was a scene where Cady and the other three girls in the group were in the ring leader's, Regina George, house. They were staring in the mirror and talking to one another about different things they want to change and improve about themselves. Cady wasn't accustomed to beating herself up and not being happy with her looks, so when they looked at her to say something she says "I have really bad breath in the morning." It was a really funny scene, but shows that females can still have conversations, regardless if it's positive or negative, about things other then men. 

    2) My own anti-gender bias film test would be called the CP Test. The four questions would be...

    a) Is there at least one named male and female character?

    b) Is the male aiming to do something that doesn't benefit him getting "the girl"?

    c) Is the female aiming to do something that doesn't benefit her getting "the guy"?

    A movie that I am going to review to see if it fits my film test is Revenge of the Bridesmaids. In this film, there are a group of bridesmaids known as Abigail, Parker and Rachel who are trying to ruin a brides wedding simply because of the simple fact she was only marrying for money. On top of that, the bride, Caitlyn, stole her "best friend's" and one of the bridesmaids, Rachel, boyfriend. So, Rachel was a bridesmaid to her best friend who stole her boyfriend and is only marrying him for his money. I do not think this fits my film test because although there is a male character not doing anything to "get the girl", the whole movie was based around getting justice for the male AND getting Rachel her guy back. This goes to show that there aren't many movies in which guys/girls aren't aiming to just get "the guy" or "the girl". 

    Telenovela - Sarah, Ariana, Sharron, Julia, Aden

    In the previous episode of Moderna Macbeth, a modern and hilarious take on Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, Macbeth learned from three strange witches that he will become king, and he realized that he head to murder King Duncan to make the prophecy come true. In this episode, Macbeth is about to perform the act that will make him king, but things get a little out of hand.